TEWKSBURY - Joanne C. (Underhill) Butler, age 83, died peacefully on Monday, February 12, at Lowell General's Saints Campus. She had been in residence at the Life Care Center in Billerica for nine months.
She was born in Waltham, one of six children of the late Waverly and Ella (Grady) Underhill, and graduated from Waltham High School. She raised her family of five in Tewksbury, while working at MA/COM in Burlington. In addition to her day job, she worked weekends for Catering By Therese, based at the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge for over 30 years. She also worked as a waitress at the Branding Iron Restaurant, and the Tewksbury Inn, for many years. But of all her jobs, her proudest accomplishment was raising her beloved children. She had been longtime resident of Saunders Circle, and most recently, the Villas at Corrine's Way senior housing, in Tewksbury.
Joanne was a member of the Tewksbury Congregational Church.
She was a faithful attendee of St. William's Bingo, and the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Bingo nights, held several offices in the Tewksbury-Wilmington Emblem Club, was a member of the Tewksbury Golden Age Club, was a member of the Red Hat Society, and was a well known member of the Tewksbury Senior Center community.
She leaves her children, Mark Butler, of Dracut, Cheryl A. Loughran, of Lowell, Robin L. Serafini, of Windham, N.H., Bonnie R. Merrick, and her husband, Stephen, of Methuen, and Lisa M. Price, and her husband, Gregory, of Greer, S.C.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and was predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Leon Underhill, Sterling Underhill, Shirley Larson, Olga Rankin, and Miriam Bourque.
Visiting hours, Thursday, February 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Tewksbury Funeral Home, corner of 1 Dewey and 975 Main Street, (Route 38) Tewksbury Center, phone 1-800, in MA, or 978-851-2950. Her funeral service will be held Friday, February 16, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Rd, Suite 200, Framingham, MA 01701, www.diabetes.org, or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005, www.heart .org, visit tewksburyfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 13, 2018